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Samson & Delilah

1h 40m Drama, Indigenous 2009

Warwick Thornton’s acclaimed debut feature follows two teenagers who escape their dreary small-town existence and embark on a journey of survival.

The world of teenagers Samson (Rowan McNamara) and Delilah (Marissa Gibson) is small: an isolated community in the desert. When tragedy strikes, they steal a car, turn their backs on home and leave in search of a better life. But when they move to Alice Springs, the nearest large town, their journey becomes a daily battle for survival. Lost, unwanted and alone they discover that life isn’t always fair – but love never judges.


Rowan McNamara (Samson) , Marissa Gibson (Delilah) , Mitjili Napanangka Gibson (Nana) , Scott Thornton (Gonzo)


Warwick Thornton


Kath Shelper


Beck Cole

Director of Photography

Warwick Thornton


English, Warlpiri




Scarlett Pictures

Bonus Content

Introduction Samson & Delilah


Curator of the Buwindja Collection, Gillian Moody shares what inspired her to select Samson & Delilah. She invites you to engage, explore, reflect on and Buwindja (remember) these exceptional Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and stories.

In Conversation


Gillian Moody, Curator of Buwindja, sits down with Pauline Clague, filmmaker and Associate Professor, Jumbunna, UTS, as they take a deep dive into the rich history of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander storytelling in screen culture. They reflect on how the films in the Buwindja Collection showcase eras of change in filmmaking with fascinating insights into the dramatic shift from stories being told about First Nations peoples to Indigenous filmmakers telling their own stories. As Pauline powerfully states, it is now the case that ’Nothing about us without us’”. 

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